Stomachs only growl when they're hungry or preparing to bite the hand that keeps tickling them. Tame the beast within with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and Thai cuisine at Shiro in Walnut Creek.
Shiro's chefs sear Thai-inspired tapas and cinch fresh fish inside traditional and signature sushi rolls in a lounge illuminated with violet lights. The Gone in 60 Seconds roll's soy-paper-wrapped blend of snow crab, tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and spicy mayo ($9.75) zooms into awaiting mouths faster than incriminating tax documents. The traditional Tootsie roll swaps out the chocolaty flavors of its namesake for white fish tempura dusted with tempura flakes and a drizzle of unagi sauce ($6.75). Diners trade off tapas such as Thailand's renowned hoy tod mussel cakes ($7), and forks plunge into chicken-teriyaki platters that, like doorknobs at tropical beach resorts, are coated with pineapple sauce ($14).
A soft glow emanates from candles and decorative hanging light fixtures in Shiro's dining room. Leather chairs and stools cluster around low-set tables, and curtained-off booths provide a private space to screen the new documentary about your ATM PIN code.
Shiro Restaurant and Lounge
Fuchsia and blue lights cast cream curtains and plush white couches in the last shades of sunset. DJs reinforce the feeling that a thrilling night is just falling by spinning pulsating electronica. The murmur of conversation drifts from the lounge-like dining area to a sushi bar, where chefs twist together maki with white tuna, snow crab, tobiko, and smoked sea salt. Towering stalks of bamboo sway overhead, as though one has traveled to the east or at least sleepwalked into a panda enclosure.